Outdoor Dandelion Messy Water Play

When it comes to playing outside, my kids seem to really love the basics. Some water, dirt, and flowers are the ingredients to messy sensory play that is just…fun! Here is one simple activity idea that uses what you’ve got in your yard. We used some dandelion flowers for a sensory activity that the kids couldn’t keep their hands out of. This tactile sensory idea is one that may challenge the sensory system, but one that is awesome for it’s fine motor benefits too. We added water beads to this sensory play idea but you could add whatever you’ve got in the house or keep it simple and use flowers, grass clippings, and water! Get ready to explore the senses right in the backyard!



Sensory Play with DandeLions


One Spring day, we used up a few of the thousands of dandelions that were growing in our yard and had a little (messy) fun.
We had water beads in a covered bin from a few other recent play activities:
…and added a bit of water, dandelions…instant spontaneous messy play.
The kids had fun running out to the yard, picking the flowers, and bringing them back to add to our “Dandelion Soup”.


Add a paper tube and empty water bottle and you get a little bonus fine motor play!  And even though we did this back in the Springtime, this is totally a Summer activity too.
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3 thoughts on “Outdoor Dandelion Messy Water Play”

  1. This looks so fun! My kids absolutely love dandelions–they don't know they are weeds yet, lol! Thanks for sharing at Teach Me Tuesday at Preschool Powol Packets–I'm going to share it on my PreschoolPowolPackets Facebook page today!

  2. What beautiful sensory fun! Its always fun to see how kids add to the activities we plan 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Magic Moments Monday! Hope to see you back next month!

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